Deer Santa Festival

The 2nd Annual Pittsfield Deer Santa Festival is scheduled for 2-6 p.m., Sunday. Nov. 29, 2020 around the Pike County Courthouse Square. Plans for the 2020 Deer Santa Festival are still in the works, so the information below will be updated as things are finalized.

The Deer Santa Festival was launched in 2019 as a project of the community organization, Picture Pittsfield. Area businesses and organizations host holiday activities around the community and are listed on one community calendar.

The festival kicks off with a Santa Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting event the Sunday after Thanksgiving and activities continue through December.

Some of the event highlights for 2020 are:

Deer Santa Display Challenge – Starting in November, you can purchase a wooden yard deer through Picture Pittsfield for $40 ($30 cost, $5 donation to the Pittsfield High School wood shop for cutting out the deer for us and $5 donation towards the Deer Santa Festival expenses). Decorate it any way you like (family friendly, please!) and then deliver it back to the Pittsfield courthouse square between noon and 3 p.m. Nov. 29 for display at the Christmas Tree Lighting Event. Top deer will win fun prizes!

Some of the 2019 Deer Santa Display Challenge entries.

Deer Santa Display Challenge Flyer Coming Soon!

Deer Santa Display Order Form Coming Soon!

Nov. 29 Santa Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – 2-6 p.m., Pittsfield Courthouse Square. Parade, photos with Santa, ornament decorating, reindeer visit, caroling, Holiday Market and more. Facebook event:

Event Map Coming Soon!

Vendor information can be found here.

Dec. 18 Deer Santa Festival Holiday Decoration Contest – 5:30-8:30 p.m. It’s the new Deer Santa Festival Decorating Contest!!! Here’s your chance to officially become the Clark Griswold of Pittsfield! Picture Pittsfield is hosting its inaugural Deer Santa Festival Decorating Contest. Picture Pittsfield volunteers will be touring the city between 5:30-8:30 pm Friday, Dec. 18 and selecting three outdoor holiday decor winners: Business and Residential. Business are office buildings, shops and restaurants. And residential entries are decorated homes, any size and shape. The winners will get bragging rights and a Deer Santa Festival tree ornament. A winner and runner up will be selected in each category for a total of four winners. Entries will be judged on creativity and overall attractiveness. Be sure to have all lights and animation on between the hours of 5:30-8:30 pm Friday, Dec. 18. To ensure your entry is considered, especially if you’re “off the beaten path,” email your address and, if commercial or retail, your business name, to Good luck to all!